Yammer is a social networking service, used for private communication within organizations. Only individuals with an approved email address may join a Yammer network. Students, faculty, and staff at UF have free access to Yammer.
Users can interact in many ways including:
- Creating and joining groups
- Sharing an announcement with a group
- Searching within a group for specific conversations and content
- Posting a message with the option to attach a file, post polls, or praise someone on the feed
- Private messaging one or more people in your groups
- Using the Inbox feature to manage all activity in one place
- Utilizing message translation in order to communicate in 28 different languages
- Creating documents and collaborating in real time
- Users can login at the Yammer Homepage
- Enter your UFL email address and click Sign Up
Application to All Courses
Yammer was designed to improve communication and promote teamwork within the workplace. Many of Yammer’s features that businesses enjoy can also be applied to education as well. Yammer can be used in a variety of courses, including the ability to conduct numerous activities, increase communication between both students and instructors, and encourage collaboration on projects and assignments.
- Groups can be created for a class or an activity.
- Conduct an asynchronous debate
- Create a poll
- Allows for the easy distribution of information and media.
- Upload and share documents and media files
- Promotes and provides an alternative method of communication among students and instructors.
- Post directly into your group’s newsfeed
- Respond to posts on your group’s newsfeed
- Private message peers and instructors
- Promotes and allows for real time collaboration among peers.
- Up to 12 people can collaborate on a document in real time
Training and Technical Resources
- Yammer Essential Training, Lynda.com (Requires a UF sign-on)
- Articles and Blog PostsBagué, V. (2014) Taking Education Beyond the Classroom with Yammer: Learning as a network. Vlerick Business School.
- Raish, V. (2013) Yammer in the Classroom: Staging a traditional face-to-face debate in an asynchronous distance environment. eLearn Magazine.
- Smith, K. (2014) 5 Ways Yammer is Improving Communication, Connections, and Learning in our Schools. Emerging Ed Tech. Wecker, M. (2011) Yammer Trumps Facebook for Some Graduate Students. U.S. News & World Report.
Keep accessibility in mind as you develop course content and build assignments and assessments. Many online tools are not fully accessible, so it’s important to think about how you will make the assignment accessible if requested. The Disability Resource Center and the UF Accessibility page will guide you in making appropriate accommodations. You can also find out more about accessibility at our toolbox page on Accessibility in the Online Classroom.